One Move at a Time, March 2022: Tyler Schwartz

One Move at a Time Tyler Schwartz


For the March edition of One Move at a Time, US Chess Senior Director of Strategic Communication Dan Lucas sits down with Tyler Schwartz, the co-founder of Chess at Three and Story Time Chess. Both companies use an original, story-based method to teach chess to children as young as three years old. This innovative method is explained in Tyler's 2018 TED Talk, "Can Three-Year-Olds Play Chess?"

Tyler is also a professional magician and currently performs in "Speak Easy Magick" at the McKittrick Hotel alongside the best magicians in New York City.

Dan and Tyler discuss the recent success of his companies, the similarities between chess and magic, his frustration with misoriented chess boards, and about the time he "beat" GM Hikaru Nakamura at chess in an energy drink commercial.

Follow Tyler on Twitter and Instagram.


“One Move at a Time,” is a monthly US Chess podcast in which Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication, talks to people who are advancing the US Chess mission statement to “Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.”

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Ladies Knight, Hosted By Jen Shahade

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Chess Underground, Hosted By Pete Karagianis

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Interesting podcast. Chess at 3 and Story Time Chess are great ways for kids to learn chess. My daughter has the latter and enjoys it. In spite of this, I will no longer support these companies.

Tyler claims in his biography that he is a "master of chess." See:

However, his peak USCF rating is 1764, which is not even Class A, let alone master. See:

As someone who has worked very hard as an adult to become a USCF expert, I really take offense to his claim. It is disingenuous at best and purposely misleading at worst. Chess knowledge or online ratings do not give you the right to claim you are a master. It must be proven over the board, in a tournament setting, when the pressure is on. Nothing else counts.

I urge Tyler to remove this misleading claim, and I hope the rest of the US Chess community does the same.

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